Platte Street action: Paris back in business; Colt & Gray, Monkey Barrel projects moving along

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On Sunday Colt & Gray closed for a week, to allow for a major remodeling push. but that's not the only action on Platte Street. This area was once a real black hole, with nothing but My Brother's Bar to light the way -- but today it's a white-hot dining and entertainment area. See also: Colt & Gray closing for a week -- help drink the bar dry

Just across 16th Street, the Monkey Barrel, a new bar and live-music venue going into the former Salvagetti Bicycles space at 1611 Platte, has pushed back its opening until October. Jimmy Nigg, who also owns Rock-a-Billies, blames construction delays.

But the music is back at Paris on the Platte. Three weeks ago, a fire damaged the roof of the 27-year-old venue next door to Colt & Gray. But owner Faye McGuire reports, "After three weeks, we are finally finished with fire damage repairs! We are back to live music Friday and Saturday nights, open mic Monday nights, and business as usual. We appreciate all our loyal regulars who have put up with all the construction and repairs." A version of this story originally appeared in Cafe Bites, our weekly newsletter devoted to the Denver dining scene that appears in e-mail boxes every Wednesday. Find out how to subscribe here.

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